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Chaldean Aquaman Readies to Paddle the Great Lakes for Cancer Awareness
By Huda Metti :: 46156 Views :: Health & Fitness, Career & Education, Sports, Art, and Entertainment

Michigan, USA - Joe Bidawid, professional board rider, uses his paddle in the fight to finding a cure for cancer.  The middle child from a family of five children has his eyes set on breaking a world record as he trains to stand-up paddle surf across Lake Michigan from St. Joseph, Michigan to Chicago, Illinois. 

The Farmington Hills, Michigan Chaldean native is perhaps one of the more versatile athletes in professional boarding.  Skiing, snowboarding, windsurfing, kiteboarding, and surfing, Joe Bidawid has mastered them all at a world class level.  Capturing the imagination of world boarders the Chaldean Aquaman has been featured in top sports boarding magazines and local Michigan papers.

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Chaldean Church Sports League (CCSL) Prepares for Playoff Game
By Sam Yousif :: 186 Views :: Health & Fitness, Sports, Art, and Entertainment, Community & Culture, Chaldean Church Sports League

Michgian, USA - The southeast Michigan Chaldean Church Sports League prepares for their playoff games this Saturday, July 21, 2007.  The Chaldean Eparchy (Diocese) of Eastern United States has narrowed the four top performing church teams in the 18 and under category of girl’s volleyball and boy’s flag football. 

In the heart of Southeastern Michigan at the Southfield Municipal Civic and Sports Center hundreds and hundreds of Chaldeans gather to play, pray, and show their support.  The Chaldean church teams have been competing weekly for nearly two months.  Based on their win-loss record and total game point earnings the top four church teams qualified for the League playoff games. 

The CCSL is attracting a high level of talent and producing great competition.  The league features some of the best athletes in the Chaldean community as all-American high school athletes lead their respective church to victory on the field and on the sand court.

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2007 Chaldean Church Sports League of Michigan Scores Big!
By Sam Yousif :: 225 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment, Community & Culture, Chaldean Church Sports League

Michigan, USA - Chaldean agility, strength, speed, and finesse are showcased weekly in Southfield, Michigan.  A fifty-yard dash, a sand dive, a spike, ace, dig, and a “Hail Mary” touchdown pass are par for Chaldeans that meet and compete in the 2007 Chaldean Church Sports League. 

No helmets. No shoulder pads. No problem.  The Chaldean churches newest youth football league requires hardly any of the standard equipment associated with the sport.  A pair of shorts and a league-furnished jersey, along with a desire to have fun are about the only things needed to participate in the Chaldean Church Sports flag football league.

Over 100 Chaldeans from southeast Michigan get the opportunity to play each other throughout the day at the Southfield Civic Center.    The Chaldean Church Sports League features flag-football field and volleyball for Chaldean youth, eighteen years and younger.  The volleyball sand courts and flag football field come alive every Saturday from noon until 3 p.m. with spirited sports competition, prayer, and camaraderie. 

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St. Joseph's Mother Day Celebration
By Sam Yousif :: 90 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment, Community & Culture

Michigan, USA - If you were to ask St. Joseph Chaldean Church in Troy, Michigan what is the most valuable thing in our life, besides God, that we take for granted – what would they answer?  The answer – our parents; next to our savior, our parents are the ones we sinfully take for granted most often. 

St. Joseph, along with many of the other Chaldean churches, held special Mother’s Day celebrations in hopes of strengthening the family bonds.  Delicious food, great music, family and friends, wholesome fun, and prayer brought nearly 300 Chaldeans together to honor our mothers.   

(You must be a registered member to view the photos of this event)

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Invitation to the Closing Ceremony of the “Many Colors of Iraq” Art Exhibit
By Sam Yousif :: 29364 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment, Community & Culture

Michigan, USA - The MESOPOTAMIA Learning Studio & Art Gallery in Ferndale, Michigan invites you to the closing ceremony titled the “Many Colors of Iraq” art exhibit Friday, May 18, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the evening. 

The art exhibit has received many positive reviews and has been well attended throughout the exhibit.  Art directors Lavon Ammori and Amer Hanna Fatuhi have assembled many  of the worlds finest Chaldean artists and artwork.  The astonishing exhibit features well known and influential artists along with many brilliantly talented new artists.  Participating artists from around the world have showcased their talent and vision. 

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Chaldean Flag Day: May 17th
By Sam Yousif :: 37063 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment, Community & Culture

The Chaldean Flag serves to express the Chaldean identity and heritage. After long and purposeful discussions relevant to the Chaldean cultural identity the internationally celebrated Chaldean artist Amer Hanna Fatuhi in Beth Nahrain-Iraq was commissioned to create a community flag. 

After a number of proposed submissions the flag was approved by leading Chaldean community organizations.  Groups like the Chaldean Cultural Center, the Chaldean Union Democratic Party, Chaldean National Congress, and Chaldean Democratic Forum, along with other Chaldean cultural, educational, and social Organizations voted unanimously.  The flag has since been registered by international bodies and the United State of America on Oct. 27, 1997. 

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Chaldean Mother's Day Fashion Show Dinner
By Huda Metti :: 141 Views :: Living & Lifestyle, Sports, Art, and Entertainment, Community & Culture

Michigan, USA - Tickets sold out in less than a few days to the highly anticipated event.  Over 300 Chaldean women gathered at Mother of God Chaldean Church Hall in Southfield, Michigan for the 2nd Annual Mother’s Day Fashion Show Dinner.  The event was held on Friday, May 4, 2007 and began at 6 p.m. in the evening.  The event organized by the Our Chaldean Ladies Social group of the Chaldean church holds a number of special activities targeting Chaldean women. 

The annual fashion show event helps to raise funds to help Chaldean causes around the world and all proceeds of the event go directly to the Chaldean community.  The highlights of the evening were two incredible fashion shows and the ability to receive or win gifts totaling close to $10,000.   However, winning rave review was the “Pure of Heart - ‘To be Admired not Desired’ Fashion Show,” hosted by fashion stylist Patrice Konja and produced by Remon Jiddou.  The performance sponsored Nahla's Place, This is Me, and Platinum Salon, of Birmingham, Michigan. 

(Access to all photos of the event are included for registered members of the community website)

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World Renowned Chaldean Composer Retires
By Guest Reporter :: 17 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment

North Carolina, USA - Hippocrates said, "Art is long, life is short," but he didn't know Albert Chaffoo. The symphony conductor's far-reaching artistic influence has stretched through a life of nine decades and shows no signs of ceasing any time soon.

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Author and Artist Paul Batou Shares His Last Thoughts on Iraq
By Ann Bahri :: 16491 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment

California, USA –  Mesopotamia was once known as the greatest civilization on earth. But invasions, wars and sanctions have lead to the destruction remarkable civilization. Author and internationally renowned artist Paul Batou shares his thoughts, and insights about the destruction of Mesopotamia in his book, My Last Thoughts on Iraq.

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Chaldean Rapper TIMZ Squares Off With Chuck Norris on Fox News
By Rita Abro :: 94 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment

California, USA - Chaldean rapper TIMZ (Tommy Hanna), has caused a national stir with his latest award winning nomination for best 2006 Hip Hop Album at the San Diego Annual Music Awards.  The candid American born rapper was recently featured on Fox News in a face-to-face discussion with Chuck Norris regarding his scorching debut CD titled “Open For Business.”  TIMZ takes on Chuck Norris as he brings to light America’s missteps in the Iraqi War and their cultural ignorance of the region. 

TIMZ lyrical criticism of the Iraqi war infused with Middle Eastern hip hop rhythms and hypnotic beats hopes to crush stereotypes of Middle Easterners.  The entrepreneur lays out a 14-track collection that has propelled the University of San Diego graduate to the national spotlight.   “TIMZ captures the perseverant lifestyle of Chaldeans,” says Ranya Semmo.  “I love his work.  He is brilliant, full of energy, and hits you with a very powerful message.”

(This article contains both TIMZ music video and the Fox News Interview which require the flash plug0in)

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Miss Oakland County Pageant Holds Competition Trials
By Sam Yousif :: 47 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment

Michigan, USA - The Miss Oakland County Scholarship Program is now accepting application forms for both pageants.  The Miss Oakland County Pageant is a local preliminary to the Miss Michigan’s Pageant, and is set for Saturday, July 14, 2007. This is affiliated with the Miss America Organization. The winner will advance to the state Miss Michigan’s pageant to be held in Muskegon, June 2008.

No entry fee is required for the Miss Oakland County pageant, which is a preliminary to Miss Michigan and Miss America pageants. The deadline to enter is Friday, May 11, 2007.

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2006 Chaldean Chy Cup Championship Results
By Sam Yousif :: 41 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment

Michigan, USA - They crisp coldness of the night kept all but, the die hard fans of the Chaldean Chy Cup Championship.  The game held in Birmingham, Michigan’s Grove’s field Saturday November 11, 2006.  The 26th Annual Chy Cup Bowl brought the best two flag football teams of the 2006 years.  Stadium lights blared across the field as the underdog of the evening team Black, led by Roy Sitto took the field against defending team White, led by Joey Jonna. 

The heat of the competition quickly warmed the stadium as team Black walked on the field with two season losses against White.  Team White confidently strolled onto the field as two time Bowl champions and defeating Black twice in the season.  The game seemed all but inevitable as to the two faced one another. 

However, sports fans that faced the cold were treated to an intense night of a dog fight game. 

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Gibson Receives Award for Apocolypto
By Rita Abro :: 11 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment

California, USA - Chaldeans felt the same glow of appreciation when Mel Gibson brought the Aramaic language to the forefront.   “A brilliant man whose action and deeds speak for him, better than he speaks for himself,” says UC college film critic Ann Kassa.

Controversy and anger has followed Gibson since his successful work on the Passion, which grossed nearly a billion dollars.  “He is seen as a clear and competitive threat by legacy studios in Hollywood,” says Kassa.  “Gibson is not a card carrying culture destroyer like the other studios.  Just the opposite.  This man seems to be on a mission to revive and bring dignity to people through his brilliant works.  Plain and simple he is a threat to Hollywood’s monopoly and he doesn’t hang around their clubs to be brainwashed.”

Kassa’s theory may not be off mark as Gibson completes his latest project titled "Apocalypto.” - a movie completely done in Mayan-dialect set to hit the theaters in early December of 2006.  

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Bring on the Bratwurst and Beer – Chaldeans Join in on German Festival
By Rita Abro :: 12 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment, Community & Culture

California, USA – Chaldeans on America’s west coast have long enjoyed the cross cultural celebrations.  “I love meeting new people, tasting the different foods, and learn about their history,” says Angie Keto, 21, a pre-med. college student at UCLA.  “My entire family, uncles, aunts, cousins, and second cousins make it a family event. We lived for about six years in Germany when my family fled Iraq.  The German culture, food, passion, and drive is wonderful.”

La Mesa's annual Oktoberfest will take over the downtown village area this weekend. The three-day ode to all things German, including lederhosen, polka and oom-pah-pah bands, is expected to attract around 150,000 visitors.

“The Oktoberfest has been going on for 33 years,” said Andy Phemister, communications director for the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce. “It's a great way to get started on Christmas shopping.”

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Chanelle Shamoun Helps Notre Dame to Victory
By Rita Abro :: 30 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment

California, USA -- The Warner Tennis Center hosted the girls’ tennis competition where Chanelle Shamoun won twice in doubles for Notre Dame. 

The major showdown brought Viewpoint and Notre Dame face to face in one of the seasons most anticipated girls’ tennis match-ups. 

“The girls’ tennis team put up an impressive performance against Viewpoint,” says Notre Dame fan Jill Ridell.  “I am a big supporter of the Notre Dame girls tennis team and it was an exciting match.  Both Brittany Peiffer and Chanelle Shamoun played fantastic.”

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